Is one of your small toes starting to look a little bent out of shape?
According to research conducted in 2012, it looks like a whopping 20 percent of Americans deal with a foot deformity like hammertoes. A hammertoe is a condition that affects the small toes and causes one or both joints in the toe to bend downward. While this might seem like a small problem our Albuquerque, NM podiatrists, Drs. Mark and Zachary Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb, are here to tell you why you shouldn’t just ignore the issue.
Why do hammertoes require treatment?
A hammertoe might seem like a small issue at first but if you leave this bent toe untreated you may find that the toe becomes locked into placed. A fixed hammertoe, unlike a flexible hammertoe, cannot be treated with simple at-home measures. In fact, the only way to treat a fixed hammertoe is with surgery. So if you would like to avoid surgery, as we assume you do, then you’ll want to tackle your issue before it becomes more serious.
What are the symptoms of a hammertoe?
If you have a hammertoe you may notice that one of your small toes is bent at the middle joint of the toe, causing it to curve downward. The best way to describe a hammertoe is to say that it makes the toe look almost like a claw. If you have a flexible hammertoe it means that with effort you can straighten the toe out. You won’t be able to straighten out a fixed hammertoe.
If you have a hammertoe you may also notice a corn or callus on the top of the toe. This is because these toes are more likely to rub against shoes. You may find discomfort when wearing shoes if you have a hammertoe.
How do you treat a hammertoe?
For those with a flexible hammertoe, our Albuquerque foot doctors will recommend simple measures like only wearing shoes that have enough room for toes to move around without being crammed together. We may also show you some simple exercises that you can do every day at home to help strengthen and stretch out the muscles. If these measures don’t manage your issues then surgery may be required.
If you are worried that you might be dealing with a hammertoe then it’s time you sought proper medical care from the foot care experts in Albuquerque, NM. Call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today.